McCoy impresses as Campbell leads Championship

Wednesday, 9 August 2017

McCoy impresses as Campbell leads Championship thumbnailGary McCoy leads the Supertwins race in his rookie season

ON board the PK Racing Yamaha, Dean Campbell took over the lead of the Irish 400 short circuit championship on Sunday last at Mondello.

Due to the heavy rain most riders only got one outing and despite having to start from the pit lane, Campbell soon got into the groove and eventually took second place at the flag, giving him 20 points.

On Saturday, Cookstown rookie Gary McCoy looked set to upset the regulars as he led the supertwin race for four laps, before the race was red flagged, due to a few crashes.

In the rerun, Gary wasn't able to match his earlier performance, but settled for 4th, and followed this up with a 6th in his second outing.

Cameron Dawson took second in both his races, but was deemed to have jumped the start in his second race and received a 20 second penalty, thus dropping down to third.

Following his selection for the Great Britain Talent Team, Jamie Lyons excelled in the damp conditions, taking third on Saturday and second on Sunday, following Cameron's jump start! Jordan McCord was also in action, taking second in race one, but as his bike wasn't eligible for the class, he was unable to take points.

He crashed out of Sunday's race, and was almost run over by fellow local Andrew Smith.

For Smith, it was yet another good weekend for the Aughnacloy scholar, more podium finishes and more points towards his championship goal.

Just before the Mondello Meeting, Andrew got word that he has joined fellow locals, Jamie Lyons and Cameron Dawson, in being selected for the Great Britain Talent selection, which will take place at Silverstone in a few weeks time. Korie and Kia McCreevey shared the wins in the 600 class at the weekend with Charles Stuart taking the only superbike race.

Lewis races for charity This weekend, 6-year-old Newmills scholar Lewis Mullen will be competing at a two day junior moto-cross event at Desertmartin.

Lewis, who took three wins on Sunday at Bushmills, will compete in five races over the two days and collect points for each race.

Ulster Grand Prix The MCE Ulster Grand Prix takes place next Saturday, with qualifying today (Tuesday) and Thursday.

The Dundrod 150, takes place on Thursday night. The event hasn't had the best of luck over the past few years with weather and accidents, but when the TT is over, the real talk is for the last of the 'Big Three' with teams and riders lining up for the final International Road Race of the season.

Unfortunately, lap record holder Ian Hutchinson, who was injured at the TT,is an absentee, but his place has been taken by Dan Kneen.

Michael Dunlop has been the man on form this year, and since moving to Suzuki, the Japanese manufacturer its first Senior TT win for decades, he will have a point to prove after taking the last big International road race, the Senior TT.

His main opposition includes Dean Harrison a rider of real quality, Fermanagh native Johnston, is keen to show that he is fully recovered from his TT crash, and would want to repeat his Dundrod success of 2015.

William Dunlop was unbeaten for over two seasons on the IC/Caffrey International 600 Yamaha, but the talented Dunlop has had a terrible season by his standards.

Neito's passing Last weekend, the motorcycle world was shocked to hear of the passing of former world champion Angel Neito.

Angel was a diminutive little rider, who raced at the UGP in the 50cc class, and was famous for his incident with Dutch rider Paul Lodwejyx, when the both crashed at Tournag rough.

Neito, got his machine back out of the hedge and re-joined the race to take second place. Nieto was a 13-time World Champion, but due to superstition, would always refer to the number as 12 + 1.


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